This past weekend I had the good fortune of attending a seminar given by internationally known Archeo-astronomer, Paul Devereux, where I learned about Archeo-acoustics. I had heard about this term before the seminar, but didn’t really know much about the topic. What I learned was quite interesting.
Apparently ancients all over the world knew about lithophones orringing rocks. These are stones that have a ringing sound when struck with a piece of wood or another stone.
This type of music (archeo-acoustics) was played on stalactites in caves and was also punctuated by a caves echo effect. Sometimes a petroglyph was drawn to point out the ringing rock. Researchers have also found that the Preseli stones of Stonehenge also have this ringing quality, so this opens up a new way of looking at the purpose of this ancient stone circle.
So why would this archeo-acoustic sound be important the ancient peoples? By working with a rock’s spirit voice, it’s magical properties could be released when sounded. Being placed at important man-made structures, like Stonehenge, allowed this natural, sacred, spirit of place to be transferred to their location of choice.
About the Author…
Barbara-Lynn Freed has over twenty years experience in Shamanism and teaches a 3 year Shamanic apprenticeship called Resurrecting the Old Ways: Walking the Land & Honoring the Spirits in Right Relationship. To find out more about this program and how to sign-up visit her website.